In Case You Missed It -- Deuteronomy 8-9, Psalm 103
Every Sunday our church hears, “Man does not live by bread alone,” and responds, “But man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.” These phrases are most famously stated by Jesus when He was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. When Jesus, starving and being encouraged to change stones into bread to satiate His hunger, says this, He is quoting Deuteronomy 8:3. In today’s passage, surrounding this famous line, God provides Israel with manna for food, speaking just enough of it into existence to satisfy them each and every day. Like us, Israel assumed they were to rely on themselves before God gave the manna; He provided it in order to teach them (and us) not to rely on bread or other physical materials for life, but to rely on God’s life-giving word and words for everything we truly need. We are then told that God disciplines Israel in this way because He loves them (Deuteronomy 8:5). To abide in God’s love and walk in God’s love is to be constantly reliant upon God’s words for life. In quoting this passage from Deuteronomy, Jesus conveys that even the power to make bread from stones matters far less than learning to feast on God’s words. May we have a similar posture in a world that lives as though bread (i.e., physical provision) is everything.